Helping Communities Work has journalistic roots in "Empowering Rural America - A New Model Emerges", an article published in 2010 to feature tihe impact of rural entrepreneurship on broadband expansion in Franklin County, Virginia. https://www.govtech.com/dc/articles/empowering-rural-america---a-new.html
The article provides a solutions-focused story line, which connects to an article published in Intelligent CIO about smart city development in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Helping Communities Work focuses on broadband expansion, renewable energy, education, jobs creation, workforce development and affordable housing. The process began in rural America and is expanding across the United States. Each new broadband connection increases inclusive economic opportunity and can help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), which were adapted in 2015 by all Member States of the United Nations. Goal 17 seeks to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
Helping Communities Work supports "Investing in Rural Prosperity", an economic development plan for rural communities and detailed in a book edited by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Equitable connectivity also broadens the scope, impact and value proposition of community reinvestment and impact investing.